Meet the team

Meet the team

Meet the Speak With IT Team…

James Major

I’m James and I am the Chief Executive Officer for Speak With IT. I am passionate about the charity sector and how it can support people through times of hardship. Prior to joining SWIT, I worked in community centres and colleges among other places. I have 2 children, Ben and Jack, and 2 cats, Bobby and Arlo. I live in Leeds and in my spare time I volunteer as the Child Welfare Officer at Pudsey Juniors FC.

Emma Wray

Hi I’m Emma and I’m the Project Support Officer for the charity. I’m involved in processing volunteer applications, keeping our database up to date and creating our quarterly newsletter. Your unlikely to meet me as I’ll be in the office beavering away, but you’ll certainly have email/phone contact with me. I’ve worked in the third sector in Wakefield for over 12 years and really enjoy working for local charities.

Lynne Spirrett

Hello everyone, I am Lynne Spirrett and I am the Charity’s Fundraiser. I have worked as a Community Coordinator in various capacities over the last twenty years, initiating and delivering fundraising projects and events in Leeds and working with volunteers who I strongly believe are the key to making things happen. I am looking forward to working with the team and being involved in delivering a calendar of fundraising events for this year that will include the current projects and some new exciting ideas that I am sure will be really successful.

Gemma Hoyle

Hello! My name is Gemma and I am the Speech and Language Therapist at Speak With IT. I have worked in a number of Speech Therapy teams across West Yorkshire and have always had a special interest in using technology to support communication. I have worked with Speak With IT in differing roles since early 2020.

Outside of work, my time is mostly spent walking my border terrier Arlo, catching up with friends and family and keeping fit. I love music, especially going to live concerts or musicals!

I am looking forward to seeing my role evolve with the ever-changing world of technology!’

Ashlyn Fairchild

Hi I’m Ashlyn and I am a Volunteer Coordinator for Speak With IT. I am really pleased to be part of such a great charity and I’m looking forward to meeting and supporting volunteers as much as I can. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time in Sunderland where I’m originally from and love walking and music – especially Stereophonics. I am also very interested in Reiki and have recently completed a level one course in this.

Emilie Verroken

My name is Emilie and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist. I have worked in stroke rehabilitation for the last 20 years and feel very passionate about supporting people living with aphasia. I currently run the Aphasia Café in Barnsley and have undertaken various projects with Speak with IT in the past, including an Aphasia Technology Club. As well working as working for Speak with IT, I also work as an NHS Speech and Language Therapist in stroke services in Barnsley.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and am constantly kept in check by my 2 teenage daughters, Harriet and Matilda. I love the outdoors, especially triathlon training and racing. I also take great satisfaction from making my own bread but more so from eating it!

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